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Risk factors

Incidents of lymphoma are increasing annually. While the principle cause for this is unknown, there are several risk factors that may increase susceptibility for developing the disease. These include:

  • Persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a much higher risk of developing lymphoma.
  • Persons in farming communities may be at higher risk because ofdue to exposure to herbicides and pesticides.
  • The Epstein-Barr virus has been associated with lymphoma

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma include:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Recurrent high fever
  • Sweating at night
  • Troublesome itching
  • Weight loss

Among the most common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are:

  • Painless swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Indigestion and abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bone pain

For more information on lymphoma prevention, contact the Norton Cancer Institute Prevention & Early Detection Program at 1-800-555-6772 or (502) 629-5500 or email  A health care professional will research and respond to your question within 48-hours.  Exceptions may include weekends and holidays. 

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